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Review: Queen Victoria

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

A Queen to Remember

  • By SilverTraveller Barrowman

    20 reviews


  • Oct 2013
  • Wife
  • Regular holiday
  • Oceanview

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After an uneventful 123 mile trip to Southampton we set eyes on the ship that was to be our home for the next twelve days – The Queen Victoria built in 2007 and one of the three ships of the Cunard Line. She has a displacement of 90,000 tons and able to accommodate 1,970 passengers along with an additional 900 crew members.

We arrived three hours before our allotted time and were greeted by the baggage handlers who quickly took our cases with a minimum of lifting on our part, the car was driven away and we proceeded to the embarkation lounge. After a short wait, around twenty minutes, we were called to passport control then through security and onto the ship where we were greeted by ships officers and staff, we were directed to our cabin (F4113) one up from the promenade deck were we were met by our cabin attendant who opened our cabin door for us and to our amazement our luggage had already been delivered – the first time ever it had arrived before us.

After a quick freshen up we headed to the Lido buffet restaurant for a bite to eat, a good choice of hot and cold meals were available and all were well presented and looked very appetising . After lunch we explored the ship for a while before returning to our cabin (perhaps I should say ‘stateroom’ as Cunard prefers to call them) to unpack and have a rest for a while. Our cabin was well appointed with all the usual goodies including a half bottle of sparkling wine, safe, refrigerator bathrobe, slippers and plenty of draws and hanging space, and a comfortable settee for a change.

We had opted for late dining in the Britannia restaurant, we always choose late dining as this gives us more time on returning to the ship when we’ve been ashore, (not so much of a rush and more sail away photo opportunities) Our waiters, Mariano and Glenn looked after us and the other six on our table as if we were royalty – the food, although I couldn’t find something to my taste every night, was served ready plated, looked appetising and were of reasonable quality, and also served with a minimum of time between courses and with a minimum of fuss, our waiters were always there should we require anything additional.

We chose our late evening entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre where private boxes are available for an additional fee. The theatre itself is magnificent and spread over three levels with uninterrupted views of the stage wherever you are sitting.

The Queens room with its wooden dance floor is probably the most frequented part of the ship, spread over two levels and like the theatre was a feast on the eyes. Musical entertainment in the Queens room was provided by some excellent musicians like the Adagio string quartet, Lara Szarbo on the harp, pianist Clorolyn Maier to name but a few.

Plenty of things to do during the sea days lots of quizzes and deck games including golf practise nets, a superb gymnasium, the Casino, an excellent library spread over two levels, an Internet Café and who couldn’t pay a visit to the Golden Lion pub for Fish & Chips with mushy peas whilst on board.

The Winter Garden with its retractable roof was very popular with those wishing a quiet moment to read, just while away a few moments of the day or perhaps a moments shuteye in the sunshine.

Music and vocals in the nightclub ‘Hemispheres’ was provided by International band ‘Synergy’ who were very popular and with an exceptional female singer.

I could go on forever about all the facilities on board well in excess of those already mentioned but I’m going to finish off now with just a few more lines.

Our voyage ‘Mediterranean Adventures’ included the ports of Lisbon, Cartagena, Barcelona, Valencia, Gibraltar and Cadiz which I’m pleased to say all treated us to unlimited sunshine and favourable temperatures throughout our visit to each port of call. And thanks to our ships master, Captain Inger Klien Thorhauge at the helm we had a safe and comfortable voyage and one which I would be happy to repeat.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 4 Comment(s)

  • Su
    over 6 years ago
    Loved this Queen! Our favourite cruise ship. We had a wonderful cruise through the Panama Canal.
  • Cruzeroqueen1
    almost 8 years ago
    Enjoyed that, David. From the pictures posted and the description, the ship sounds identical to Queen Elizabeth - something I wasn' t aware of.:)
  • Kenbob
    almost 8 years ago
    Enjoyed reading the review. Nice photos.
  • coolonespa
    almost 8 years ago
    Good review David, thanks for sharing your experience. You describe the food as "reasonable quality". Does that imply you've had better on other cruise lines?